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,000 comments. it's also been passed around the globe from romania to russia to china. and, today, the officer himself came forward. he is lawrence deprimo, a polite 25-year-old who still lives with his mom and dad. >> my mom i said, buddy, where's your socks, where's your shoes? he said, i never had socks or shoes, but god bless you. and i knew i had to help him. >> reporter: when you presented him with the boots, what was his reaction? >> he couldn't believe it, he was like, this is too much, god bless you and be safe and everything. it was almost like you gave him a million dollars. >> reporter: the officer doesn't know anything about the man he helped or what's become of him, but he keeps the receipt for the $75 he spent on those boots in his bulletproof vest. a reminder for all of us about the pervasiveness of need and the potential for compassion. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> and that officer must live with two very proud parents. we thank you for watching. we're always here at abcnews.com and "nightline" will be along later. we hope to see you back here to close out the week tomor
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